Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Yumpin' Yiminy!

One great thing about YouTube is that one can revisit tv programs from one's childhood. In the past few weeks I've been reminiscing over clips from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, New Zoo Revue, and most recently one of my favorites - Der Swedish Chef! Bon Apetit and a hearty "Bork, Bork, Bork" to all!

P.S. - I think I've found next year's Halloween costume. I wish I'd thought of it earlier.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

"Cone dawgs, fahr-iss wheels, and SHOT-land ponies!"

That's my shout out to Deacon Paul Brown at the Mount Riland Baptist Church in Flower Mound, Texas. They did actually have shetland ponies at the fair, I just neglected to take any pictures of them for whatever reason. This time of year I often wonder what the Deacon would have to say about the AZ State Fair as opposed to the Texas State Fair. I imagine he'd first ask where Big Tex was. Then he'd say, "Don't all farras have Big Tex?"

The Arizona State Fair is afoot. Can't you tell from the smell of fried dough in the air? Yup, fried stuff is the foundation of any state fair. I went out there Friday night.

Here's a popular establishment. Check out the menu. Of all the items available, (deep fried cinnamon rolls and Snickers Bars are listed just below the main sign) I have sampled a fried Twinky, a Snickers Bar, and a cheesecake slice. At this stand the management reserves the right to slap the face of anyone asking for a low-cal option.
Actually, all the food stands at the Fair reserve this right. Careful with the Twinkies though, seriously. If that filling squirts out on you it's like napalm.

Over the past few weeks the subject of the approaching Fair has come up. Friends and I have often joked about what new fried thing will make it's debut this year. My guesses were a fried slice o' pizza or a fried Philly Cheesesteak. I didn't make any dessert-type guesses. How 'bout a fried fruit pie (In Texas that'd be a fried fried pie) or a fried Dove Bar. Ooh. That actually sounded kinda good. They do sometimes, don't they - despite one's better judgement?

I've read in the paper that one of the foodstands this year was going to be offering fried rattlesnake. I did not find it - that time. I will go again. BUT, my favorite food find in all the years I've gone to the AZ fair has been a very special corn dog. Special in that instead of being made with your average everyday weiner, this guy is made with a polish sausage. Greasy? Yup. But oh, is it good. I'd like to see the Deacon's man-child Cleophas get a hold of one.

Notice anything about these cute little bears? They each have a corporate logo. Awwww.

These guys just might make it back to the AZ State Fair someday. Right. On a bun with a side o' cole slaw, or just dipped in batter and fried. But seriously, aren't they cute?

I may go again this year, I may not. I must think it over. I mean, once it's over then that's it. I'm left thinking "What am I gonna do for funnel cakes?"